Best Sustainable Ethical Outdoor Clothing & Gear for 2022

Sustainable Skiwear

Whether it’s climbing, hiking or skiing, more and more of us are buying into the benefits of outdoor living. To enjoy these new pastimes fully it helps to have the right outdoor clothing and gear.

In Ireland we seem to be particularly bad at investing in good quality, outdoor clothing. I personally remember many a day shivering in a sodden gabardine coat and wet socks. Well, those days are behind us with this article on which outdoor clothing is best for sustainability and ethics.

Since I originally article I learned that the certification scheme Bluesign allows the toxic chemical, PFA, in qualifying products, so bear that in mind when choosing a brand.

If you’d like to really deep dive into the nitty gritty of this area check out this in-depth analysis of the environmental impact of outdoor clothing by the UK magazine Ethical consumer

Nothing mentioned in this article has been sponsored. It’s all just my own personal opinion.

Before you read on and buy new check out second-hand options on the Outdoor Gear Facebook Group

Where to buy Sustainable Ethical Outdoor Clothing in Europe


Recycled outdoor clothing

Jack Wolfskin is a German company with Irish stockists, making outdoor clothing from recycled materials, free from PFAs, with renewable energy, some of which they generate themselves.  The company is also a Bluesign system partner, which is an independent label given to textile production that is more sustainable. They actively seek to minimise packaging and are members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a network of organisations seeking to find more sustainable ways for the clothing industry. They are also members of the Outdoor Industry Microfibre Consortium, which is trying to find an industry solution to microfibres from clothing. They have optimised their transport protocols to reduce emissions and staff are encouraged to travel by train for business instead of flying. Their stores are fitted with locally sourced natural or recyclable materials and include low-energy lighting.

Sustainable Fashion Dublin

Patagonia is a high-street and online outdoor clothing company that sells clothing and accessories made from recycled soda bottles and organic cotton printed with PVC- and phthalate-free inks. On their website they give details on how they work with factories and mills to ensure ethical work-practices, good working conditions and processes that are less harmful to the environment. They say they are particularly invested in protecting migrant workings and guarding against child labour and human trafficking. The company also gives 1% of their sales to support environmental organizations around the world. They encourage re-wearing of clothes and offer a repair service. They also resell pre-owned clothing in some stores. Sizes 6 – 22.

Sustainable Backpacks

Sundrift makes backpacks from certified recycled polyester designed specifically to suit the female form. They use recycled packaging and offset the carbon emitted from shipping, by planting trees in the West of Ireland. They currently manufacture in Asia but are hoping to move production closer to Ireland in the future.

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Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy

2 thoughts on “Best Sustainable Ethical Outdoor Clothing & Gear for 2022

  1. I’m the founder of Meld Apparel- Irish Eco technical, active wear. Perhaps consider us for your list? We use only organic or recycled fabrics, are carbon neutral, use only biodegradable packaging, certified ethical manufacture and are working towards circularity in our supply chain. Thank you for your blog! Always an interesting read.

    1. Hi Melissa. Thanks for getting in touch and for introducing me to your company. Delighted to hear about a new company on the block. I’ll definitely check out your website and add it into any relevant articles. Elaine

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